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4/21/1989 (27 y, 10 m, 1 d)
2010 June Amateur Draft - Round: 3, Pick: 25, Overall: 107, Team: Colorado Rockies
$0.5M / 1 Years (2015)
Rutledge was selected by the Red Sox with the 14th pick in the Rule 5 draft Thursday. (12/8/2016)
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With Troy Tulowitzki hurt, Rutledge was eventually called upon to take over at shortstop and he did not disappoint. Although the 23-year old had nary an at-bat at the Triple-A level, he displayed both power and speed, while making acceptable contact. One concern though is his low walk rate which will limit his on base percentage and may make it difficult for the Rockies to keep him in the number two hole in the lineup. A drop toward the bottom of the order would obviously hurt his fantasy value. He should open the year as the team's starting second baseman and while he does have 15/15 upside over a full season, his lack of high minors experience and potentially weak OBP both make him a risk. (
The Quick Opinion:
Rutledge filled in admirably while Troy Tulowitzki was on the shelf, showing off a nice power/speed combination. He is expected to open the year as the Rockies' starting second baseman and could be an all-around contributor, while eventually boasting eligibility at two shallow positions.
In 2012, Rutledge took the baseball world by storm when he went absolutely bonkers at the plate in July and August, as he hit .345/.360/.634. But as you can probably tell from the eerily close batting average and on-base percentage, that success was fleeting. His "swing at everything" approach failed him in September, and didn't do him any favors in the early part of 2013 either. He started taking more walks, but it didn't help his performance overall. He was sent to the minors twice. On May 20, he was sent down after he hit .242/.298/.357 in 173 plate appearances to open the season. He was called back up a few weeks later, but was once again demoted on July 20 after he hit a shockingly poor .143/.211/.214 in 78 PAs in his second major league stint. But he would get one more chance in September, and he showed flashes, as he hit .328/.381/.431 in 63 September PAs. It's not much of a leg to stand on, but it is something, especially when you consider that his keystone competition -- DJ Lemahieu and Jonathan Herrera -- are never going to be known for their bats (they have career 72 and 67 wRC+'s, respectively). If Rutledge can demonstrate the hitting prowess that he has intermittently throughout his career, the soon-to-be 25-year-old could still figure prominently in the Rockies' second base plans. But that is a pretty big "if" at this stage. Keep an eye on him during spring training, but definitely make other plans for your squad.
The Quick Opinion:
It's hard to know exactly how good Rutledge is at this point, but one thing is certain -- he shouldn't be the starting second baseman on your fantasy team in 2014. And if he doesn't beat out DJ LeMahieu for the starting job in Colorado during spring training, you can probably wipe him off your draft board altogether.
After moving on from Howie Kendrick this Winter, the Angels acquired Rockies’ infielder Josh Rutledge in exchange for reliever Jairo Diaz. Rutledge looks to be in line for the starting gig at the cornerstone in Anaheim and is projected to see more than 500 plate appearances for the first time in his major league career. He’ll carry both second base and shortstop eligibility heading into the 2015 season, but that may be the most exciting thing to say about the 26-year-old. Rutledge is a career .259/.308/.403 hitter with 19 homers and 21 stolen bases, so with a full complement of at-bats as an Angel, a .260 10/10 season should be attainable. Hopefully he can learn how to take a few more walks (career 5.5% walk rate) and strikeout a bit less (career 21.4% strikeout rate) because both are below average rates for batters and should scare away mixed league points league owners. (
The Quick Opinion:
Rutledge appears to be in store for a full complement of at-bats in 2015, making him an intriguing AL-Only and deep mixed league option considering he carries dual position eligibility up the middle on the infield.
Rutledge used to be much more interesting when he was with the Colorado Rockies. It's funny how even the most replacement level of bats deserves attention at Coors Field. The Rockies traded Rutledge to the Angels prior to the 2015 season. The Halos never found a major league role for him so they sent him to Boston. A .400 batting average on balls in play saved him in an otherwise miserable 85 plate appearance trial. He's since been outrighted off the roster. It's tempting to look at him as a utility player, but his only acceptable defense comes at second base. Attempts to try him at shortstop and third base have been ugly. (Brad Johnson)
The Quick Opinion:
Rutledge used to be a "sleeper" for fantasy owners -- mostly because he played at Coors Field. These days, it's hard to see him cracking a major league roster for long.
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